Travel Australia: Great Australian Drives – Nullarbor Plains

The focus of discussion shifted over the last few weeks from the future of automobile safety and vehicle technologies and what this change would herald for the private consumer and large commercial fleets, such as rental car operators, in Sydney for example, to the popular topic of touring Australia by car. This may seem a somewhat esoteric change of discussion topic, yet the two may be more closely related than any superficial glance will suggest. For example, imagine a car that can drive with minimal human interference, and now imagine it taking you on a scenic drive through Australia’s many stunningly diverse landscapes, all whilst you relax! So car technology may not yet be that advanced, but the latest series of articles regarding the future of electronic vehicular technology highlights recent advancements in safety technologies and electronic suites, and these suggest that cars manufacturers will be capable of delivery an autonomous vehicular experience in the next 15 years. Suddenly, the notion of a self-driving holiday car does not appear be such an elusive concept, indeed it seems quite plausible, even potentially enjoyable. But until that moment comes, we will have to be satisfied with the ability to drive ourselves along the stunning scenic routes that traverse this large and diverse country. Having last week covered the “Great Alpine Road” in Victoria, it seemed fitting the following week to cover one of the flattest and most unique landscapes on offer. The “Nullarbor Plain” drive stretches across South Australia and Western Australia. Its name is derived from a latin term “nullus arbor” which essentially means no trees! Whilst our previously suggested routes were curve riddled and mostly winding, the unique feature of this particular road remain long flat stretches of tarmac that would attract the driving enthusiast. The total length of this drive extends across two states totalling 1201 kilometers (from Norseman to Ceduna). Along the way are some noteworthy sights including the old telegraph station at Eucla that was established in 1877 as a manual repeater station for the overland telegraph. It is also a good place to stop for basic supplies along the way. An additional sight along the way is the Great Australian Bight which has its boundaries set between Cape Pasley (Western Australia) and Cape Carnot (South Australia) being 1160 km in length. Its formation comprises the longest uninterrupted cliff face in the world and is home to surfing beaches and cliff platforms that make great vantage points for photography and whale watching. Should you wish to access the Bight and enjoy its natural offerings, Ceduna and Eucla have relevant facilities. Locations along the Eyre highway or on the Nullarbor may not be able assist with this regard. If you love driving and want to take the opportunity to visit more of this amazing country then take the time to learn more about the many diverse and historic routes that criss-cross the country, if you are in need of a vehicle, or your personal vehicle is just too small, then consider car rental in Sydney or other major cities, as an affordable means of transport.